UI grade vs. Boston U: A-
Player of the game
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
When they are eating late-night breakfast at the Waffle House in Clemson, the Illini will have Rice to thank. The former Centennial star played like an All-American at Boston, scoring 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting and yanking down eight rebounds. Impressive work, Mr. Charger.
Illinois A, Boston U. C
Tracy Abrams struggled with his shooting, missing 4 of 5 shots from the field. But the junior helped in other ways with five rebounds and three assists. D.J. Irving led the Terriers with 17 points but the other two starters were 7 of 23. Not good.
Illinois B, Boston U. D+
We’re going to count freshman Malcolm Hill with the Illini big guys. His 10 points and eight rebounds an important reason the Illini play another day. Nnanna Egwu got in the heads of the opponent again, altering Terriers shots. The Boston U. starters combined for just four rebounds. Hard to win like that.
Illinois A-, Boston U. B+
Nice to see the spring back in the step of Joseph Bertrand, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds. Can Illinois find another year of eligibility for Jon Ekey? Two threes keeps his college career going. The backup Terriers scored 18 points.
Illinois A-, Boston U. B-
Generally, it’s a bad idea to fall behind by 17 points. But John Groce deserves major credit for keeping his team in the game. He was smart enough to make sure Rice got the ball. A lot. And the Illini played the final minutes with great confidence. Off to South Carolina.